Personal Faith in Public Office

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When members of Congress are sworn in, they usually do it with one hand on the Bible and the other raised in a pledge to uphold the Constitution. Once they take office, there is an expectation that they will pay more attention to the Constitution than to the Bible. But as the debate over religion and politics goes on in churches, city halls, courtrooms and classrooms all over this country — so it goes on in the halls of the U.S. Congress.

Today a conversation with two of the people’s representatives: Mark Souder, a Republican from Indiana whose Christian faith motivates everything from how he votes on the budget to where he stands on foreign policy, and David Price, A Democrat from North Carolina, who says that keeping his personal faith separate from his public role as a legislator, is the key to democracy. Having faith in the halls of power.


Congressman David Price (D-NC) and Congressman Mark Souder (R-IN).